GVSU's Stoll earns GLIAC Women's Golf Player of the Year honors; all-conference teams announced

GVSU's Stoll earns GLIAC Women's Golf Player of the Year honors; all-conference teams announced

GLIAC — For the second consecutive year, Grand Valley State's Olivia Stoll has been honored as 2024 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Golf Player of the Year, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday, May 8.

Parkside's AJ Powell received freshman of the year honors while Davenport head coach Melanie Loughin was named conference coach of the year. 

A complete listing of golfers recognized as First Team All-GLIAC, Second Team All-GLIAC and Honorable Mention All-GLIAC can be found below.

Olivia Stoll, Grand Valley State

Grand Valley State junior Olivia Stoll has been named GLIAC Women’s Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive season. Stoll helped lead the Lakers to the GLIAC Title this season, earning the individual medalist honors and winning both of her matchups in the match play portion. She won one other event this year, taking the title at the Gilda’s Club Invitational, and recorded two more top three finishes and three more top 10’s. Stoll is currently ranked 21st in the country and shot nine rounds of par or better, with a low round of 69.

AJ Powell, Parkside

AJ Powell has been named the GLIAC Women’s Golf Freshmen of the Year. Powell was nothing short of impressive in her first season with the Rangers. The first-year Ranger was an individual qualifier for the NCAA Division II Championships. Powell averaged a 78.4 this season, winning individual titles at the Flyer Fall Intercollegiate and the Windy City Challenge. To go along with the two wins, Powell posted five top tens and three top five finishes. She shot a low round of 72 this year in the third round of the UMSL Spring Invitational. She also posted a T8th in her first ever GLIAC Championships.

Melanie Loughin, Davenport

Melanie Loughin is receiving the GLIAC Coach of the Year award for the first time in her career. She has been at the helm of the women's golf program for 13 seasons and built a program that this season qualified for the NCAA postseason for the first time. The Panthers were able to finish second in the GLIAC Championships which was the second time they reached that level matching the efforts of the 2018-19 team. Her teams have also been stellar in the classroom. Davenport has finished in the top three in NCAA Division II in team GPA over the past four years including the top GPA in 2019-20 and 2020-21. She has also served as a member of the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Regional Advisory Committee.

First Team All-GLIAC
Maisarah Hezri, Wayne State
Mya Hunter, Northern Michigan
Julia Sanchez, Grand Valley State
Kamryn Shannon, Ferris State
Olivia Stoll, Grand Valley State
Beca Vestman, Wayne State

Second Team All-GLIAC
Paula Badino, Grand Valley State
Lauren Gervais, Davenport
Brook Herbstreit, Saginaw Valley State
Rachael Krieger, Grand Valley State
Megan Miron, Grand Valley State
Dani Staskowski, Ferris State

Honorable Mention All-GLIAC
Lizzie Anderson, Ferris State
Sabel Imesch, Wayne State
Hannah Meloche, Davenport
AJ Powell, Parkside
Megan Thiravong, Saginaw Valley State
Alyssa Yaggie, Northern Michigan